Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to some testers, the La Sportiva Akyra is one of the most protective trail running shoes they have ever worn.
  • A lot of runners agreed that they stayed comfortable even after long sessions of running.
  • Most of the testers mentioned that the shoe performed well on technical terrains.
  • Some runners commented that the shoe fitted well from the midpoint to the heel.
  • Many testers confirmed that the shoe provided excellent support on mud-covered trails, soft snow, and wet rocks.
  • According to many users, the La Sportiva Akyra is able to offer more protection compared to other running shoes.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers said that the shoe rubbed the back of the foot and that such an occurrence made it difficult for them to continue running uphill.
  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe is a little bit heavy.
  • A lot of users observed that the lugs on the outsole held and collected mud very easily. This added more weight to the shoe.
  • This shoe is not responsive to running on technical downhills, according to some runners.

Bottom line

A lot of users agreed that the La Sportiva Akyra is a rugged, yet very protective and comfortable footwear. It performed well on different tough running environments. Some runners said that the durable lug outsole of this shoe led them responsibly through the unpredictable terrains. They mentioned that this shoe was best used for hiking, walking and running, but was not responsive on technical downhills.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is a shoe that is more suited for all mountain hiking in varied conditions, rocky technical terrain, multi day backpacking/fastpacking, using with supplemental traction devices or strap crampons.

  • 78 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 4 expert

    If a stable ride is what you seek, the La Sportiva Akyra needs to be considered. While it isn't super light, its rigid construction will keep you protected on ultra-length distances, upwards that of a marathon.

  • 85 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

    The new Akyra from La Sportiva is a brawny, aggressive trail monster. With deep lugs that bite into rough terrain and burly uppers that lock down the foot securely, the Akyra is best suited for hard efforts in rocky, technical mountain terrain. It’s stable and supportive on the most rugged singletrack, but the downside is that it’s not at all suited for casual, mellow cruising on groomed trails.

  • 94 / 100 | The Big Outside | | Level 2 expert

    For trail runners and hikers who frequent rugged, up-and-down trails, the Akyra is a light, breathable shoe with impressively good support for weighing barely north of a pound-and-a-half per pair.

  • 75 / 100 | Trail And Ultra Running | | Level 2 expert

    The Akyra is designed more as a day hiking shoe, with a built up heel and stiff midsole/outsole. The upper provides a good toe guard and solid fabric, but tends to feel stiff.

  • 94 / 100 | Feed The Habit | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re an aggressive runner who focuses on steep terrain, these shoes are for you. Ample mesh will help keep you from overheating in the warmer months.

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  • The Akyra from La Sportiva is a rugged trail running shoe that dominates the trails. It features a 3-layer construction system that secures fitting and breathability.
  • It has deep Trail Bite lugs with Impact Brake System that is best for snowy and off trail conditions. This system prevents sliding and slipping.
  • It also features a MicroLite Skeleton overlay that aims to provide runners with lateral movement stability.

When it comes to sizing, the La Sportiva Akyra has a standard running shoe length. This shoe is best for runners who love rugged trail running. Available widths are D-medium for men and B-Medium for women.

The La Sportiva Akyra has a FriXion Red rubber outsole that is designed for comfort and durability. It utilizes a versatile sticky rubber compound that is best for rocky and technical terrains.

The Trail Rocker outsole of this shoe promotes natural outer heel to inner toe support for smoother rides on the trails.

Because of the Impact Brake System of the La Sportiva Akyra, runners can confidently handle different trail surfaces. The aggressive lug and Trail Bite heel provides maximum grip as well as better downhill and uphill traction.

The Injection Shock Absorbing MEMlex EVA of the La Sportiva Akyra is stiff and firm. It protects the runner’s foot even after long days of wearing the shoe on varied landscapes. Despite the stiff midsole, it still feels very cushioned.

The La Sportiva Akyra has a thick gusseted tongue. It provides a nice touch for comfort and fitting. The heel collar provides great hold. It is well-padded and protected. It is important in stopping debris from entering into the shoe.

The shoe has an innovative 3-layer upper that is composed of breathable Air Mesh. This keeps the foot well-ventilated and cool. In comparison, the Salomon Speedcross 5, another trail shoe, uses nylon mesh as its upper material.

It has a TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay that creates a stable, durable, secure-fitting and comfortable upper. The overlays resemble an Origami design. It holds the forefoot and the mid-foot in place under any circumstances.

The toe bumper is burly and long-lasting. It’s created to withstand most debris and obstacles on the trails.

The lacing system is made stretchable to accommodate a more snug and secure fit. It interacts properly with the shoe’s loop eyelets.

The toe box is roomy. This gives the runner’s toes ample space to relax and spread out.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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